NZ Geographic

Consultation open on place name proposals

The New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa (NZGB) wants to hear people’s views on proposals to alter the names of these undersea features, which are located offshore from Whakatane: White Island Canyon to Whakaari / White Island Canyon, White Island Ridge to Whakaari / White Island Ridge, and White Island Sea Valley to Whakaari / White Island Sea Valley. The NZGB is also asking for the public’s views on altering Mount Elliot to Mount Eliott, Mount Gorden to Mount Gordon, Nigger Stream to Pūkio Stream, Clarence River to Waiau Toa / Clarence River, and Waiau River to Waiau Uwha River. The undersea feature name proposals are open for public submissions until 1 July 2016. The closing date on submissions for the remaining proposals is Friday 26 August 2016.

This event is organised by New Zealand Geographic Board Ngā Pou Taunaha o Aotearoa.

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Business innovator to become head Ngapuhi

Te Runanga a Iwi o Ngapuhi has gone for commercial experience in appointing its new chief executive.

Tony Dowling, from the Ngati Tautahi hapu of Ngapuhi, has held senior roles with electronics companies Honeywell and Siemens A&D, and is currently the director of innovation and development at Te Wananga o Aotearoa.

Acting chair Carol Dodd says there was strong interest in the position from many senior Ngapuhi executives, both in Aotearoa and overseas.

She says Mr Dowling, who starts in November, joins the runanga at a time of great opportunity for the people and the rohe.

He replaces Allen Wihongi who retired earlier this year.

Te Wananga o Aotearoa CEO Jim Mather says in his three years with the wananga Mr Dowling created the innovation development group which not only brought in alternative incomes streams but also established partnerships and programmes aligned with the vision of whanau transformation through education.